Academy Sports & Outdoors is one of the nation,s largest sporting goods retailers, operating over 80 stores across the southeastern United States. Our stores offer the sports and outdoors enthusiast a broad selection of equipment, apparel, and footwear at everyday low prices. Our formula of low prices and a large selection has allowed the company to become a leader in the sporting goods industry.
Academy Sports & Outdoors ranks among the highest in sales per store and highest sales per square foot of any other sporting goods retailer in the country, and has experienced a compounded annual sales growth rate of 17% over the past ten years.
Our newly expanded distribution center boasts over a million square feet of processing and inventory space, and operates day and night to supply the store locations with merchandise for our customers. Expansion plans for the future include opening additional store locations throughout the Southeastern region of the United States.
Academy Sports & Outdoors is led by David Gochman, the Chairman, President, and CEO. We are now over 9,000 associates strong.
How it all began ...
Academy Sports & Outdoors traces its beginning to 1938 when founder Max Gochman opened the Academy Tire Shop in San Antonio, Texas. After a few years, Max began selling military surplus in his shop.
In 1956, he moved his business, then called Academy Super Surplus, to Austin, Texas and expanded the operation to four stores.
In 1973, Max's son, Arthur Gochman, began developing similar stores in Houston, Texas. Arthur opened six Academy Super Surplus stores, and the business continued to grow.
In the early 1980's, Academy added sports and outdoors items to its assortment of products and evolved into a full line sporting goods store. By 1990, Academy Sports & Outdoors grew to include 28 stores across Texas and became a leader in the sporting goods industry. – less